THE loss of its women’s volleyball team in the UAAP has not diminished De La Salle’s dominance of Season 76 as the Archers won the general championship for the second year in a row.
Edwin Reyes, the school representative to the UAAP board, admitted the loss by the Lady Spikers in volleyball, one of La Salle’s crown jewel in the collegiate league, was heartbreaking for the Taft-based learning institution after letting its imposing thrice-to-beat advantage slip away to the ‘heart strong-inspired’ Ateneo side.
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“We are prepared to take it again. Once you’ve tasted the general championship, it is something you want to do again." DLSU representative to the UAAP Board Edwin Reyes
“You can’t really celebrate a hundred percent na may nagdudugo ang puso. We are sensitive to what the girls and the coaches went through," said Reyes.
“Pero nakita niyo naman ‘yung galaw ng mga bata (Ateneo). You knew seeing the Lady Eagles, you knew that they will win. Did you see the fire in them? Halimaw. They deserve it clearly,” he added.
The sorry defeat, however, failed to dampen the spirit of the school as it retained the UAAP general championship after scoring 289 points across 24 events, beating perennial title holder University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines.
La Salle women’s chess team player Jan Jodilyn Fronda, who led the team to another league crown, was also adjudged as Season 76 co-Athlete of the Year, sharing the award with Far Eastern University women’s basketball player Camille Sambile.
“It just means that we have a healthy sports program. Our recruitment and development of various teams, we really made sure to look deep inside ourselves and figure out what to correct. It has been corrected and we are on track,” said Reyes.
De La Salle president Bro. Ricardo Laguda, FSC, along with Reyes and athletic director Nongnong Calanog, received the general championship trophy from UAAP Season 76 president Fr. Max Rendon of Adamson during the closing rites held at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.
As to the chances for a ‘three-peat,’ Reyes said it will depend on the recruits La Salle and the other schools will have for Season 77.
“Sino-sino ba ‘yung mapupunta sa ibang eskwela? That’s how you do your projections. But we are prepared to take it again. Once you’ve tasted the general championship, it is something you want to do again,” said Reyes.
The La Salle community will celebrate its second UAAP overall title on March 22 at the school grounds.
Spin.ph learned, though, that the planned double celebration of La Salle and College of Saint Benilde for winning the UAAP and NCAA general championships respectively, will not push through.